Daniil Kyvat went faster than both Mercedes during a wet second practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. The Russian was 0.02 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg and 0.55 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton.
Kyvat’s team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was fourth ahead of former team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen with all three going off track during the session. Vettel and Raikkonen were nearly two seconds off the pace of the front runners.
Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen were seventh and eighth for Toro Rosso. As ever the Japanese fans turned up in there thousands to watch with their elaborate and often home-made hats, costumes and banners.
The fastest times were set early on because of the treat of rain closing in from the north. Everyone thought they might be able to get some dry running in the latter part of the afternoon but only Mercedes and Ferrari.
Ten drivers most noticeably Daniel Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso along with both Force India’s, Manor and Lotus’s didn’t set a time during the session.
The circuit has improved drainage this year because of Jules Bianchi’s fatal accident last year.
There were several drivers who went off particularly at Spoon Curve but it was only Felipe Massa who ended up in the gravel trap.